Chavisa Woods

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

293 Troutman St Apt., 3L
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Author's Bio

Author Chavisa Woods is a MacDowell Fellow and was the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Kathy Acker Award in Writing, the Cobalt Prize for Fiction, was a three time Lambda Literary Award finalist for fiction, and in 2009 she received the Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors.

Woods is the author of four books including, 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism), Seven Stories Press, 2019; Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country, (short fiction), Seven Stories Press, 2017; The Albino Album (a novel) Seven Stories, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (full-length fiction) Autonomedia Press /Unbearables imprint, 2013 (second edition). The first edition of her debut novella was published by Fly by Night Press, a subsidiary of A Gathering of the Tribes, in 2009,.

Her work has received praise from the New York Times, The LA Times, Publisher’s Weekly, The Stranger, The Seattle Review of Books, Booklist, Lambda Literary Review, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, The Feminist Review, The Rumpus, and many other media outlets. She has appeared on The Young Turks, NPR’s 1A in conversation with Jean Carol hosted by Joshua Johnson, Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang, NPR Saint Louis, The Ellectorette, and many other talk shows.

Woods has presented lectures and conducted and workshops  on short fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Mount Holyoke College, Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech, Hugo  and the New School. She currently leads select writing workshops throughout the year through Hugo House and Catapult. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Tin House, LitHub, Electric Lit, Full Stop, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly,  Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, Tribes Magazine, and other publications.

She has appeared as a featured author and performer at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Mid- Manhattan Public Library at 42nd Street, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, Elliot Bay, Bluestockings Bookstore, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. She was also an active member of Butch Morris’ Chorus of poets for ten years.

In addition to being a literary author, Woods has nearly 15 years of experience working as a fundraising consultant and Grant Manager for numerous arts and social services nonprofit organizations including ACORN, The LGBT Center (Manhattan), GLSEN, The Refugee Women’s Alliance, Jewish Voice for Peace, My Sistah’s House, and others. She studied nonprofit management and fundraising at the NYU Heyman Center, and the NYC Foundation Center.

 In 2020, Woods accepted the position of Executive Director of A Gathering of the Tribes.

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Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism) (Seven Stories Press, 2019)


Tiny Nightmares (Black Balloon, 2020)
Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country (Seven Stories Press, 2017)
The Albino Album (Seven Stories Press, 2009)
Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly By Night Press, 2009)
Literary Hub
Prima Materia
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Tin House


The Big Book of Sex (The Unbearables Productions, 2012)
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Danse Macabre
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The Evergreen Review
The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide
The Portable Boog City Reader
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Union Station Magazine
Prizes won: 

MacDowell Fellowship (2019), The Shirley Jackson Award, Fiction/Novelette (2018), The Kathy Acker Award in Writing (2018),The Cobalt Fiction Prize (2016), The Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers (2009)

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Any, At Risk Youth, Disability, Homelessness, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Teenagers
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Sandoval, IL
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Last update: Jun 04, 2020